Living many lives in Melbourne

13 Sep

Ever since I have been bitten by the travel bug, Australia has been amongst the top 3 travel destinations in my bucket list. And this love has only grown after religiously watching Masterchef Australia (every season) and the latest “visit Australia” ads. But since I am a budget traveler stuck in debt, this visit had to be put on a back burner till I had my finances sorted. Hence imagine my happiness when I saw that Indiblogger ( and Tourism Victoria have come up with the ‘…it’s your time to visit Melbourne NOW!’ contest. I have been on cloud 9 ever since trying to short list on what are the exact experiences that I want to bring back from a visit to this city that has something for everyone.

Melbourne is a city that I think can be best described as young, vibrant, chic and sophisticated with a few hidden aces up its sleeves. It is a city that has something for everyone – families, solo travelers (even women), couples, friends, etc with a chance to live all kinds of lives – you could be a foodie, a cultural enthusiast, an ardent sports fan, a nature lover, a shopper etc etc. No matter what you want to be, this city gives you an ample opportunity and company to be just that…

So I finally decided that for Melbourne I will leave the “ACTUAL ME” behind in India and live a “NEW ME” for each of the 7 days there. So I went through all possible websites that provided loads of information but picked a lot of information and all pictures from

So my seven must live lives / experiences for Melbourne are –

1. “The Artist” – I will live a day as an artist in Melbourne and visit the world-famous street art and explore this street art culture and associated sub-cultures. I am especially interested in the stencils, murals and paste-ups here and will take a street art tour to understand it all. Melbourne also has some great galleries and museums and I’ll spend some time in at least two of these. My short-listed galleries are – ACMI Moving Image gallery at Federation Square, Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square, The National Gallery of Victoria International and the Melbourne Museum. Best of all, the first two are free.

2. “The Foodie and Coffee Addict” – Melbourne is a treat for your taste buds and a holiday for your diet chart. You can eat anything you want to your heart’s content. They have everything – from all kinds of ingredients, cuisines, locations to all kinds of drinking and dining experiences. The foodie in me wants to explore all the dining and bar lanes in this city especially Queen Victoria Market (for the fresh produce), Lygon Street, Degraves Street, St Kilda, Richmond, Fitzroy Street, Victoria Street, etc etc. Also, I have heard that Melbourne has the best brew of coffee in Australia, so the die-hard coffee fan in me has to check all of those out and pick the personal favourites. I already have my list of all coffee shops ready too. 🙂

3. “The Nature Buff” – Melbourne has some of the most beautiful and world-famous parks, gardens and beaches, and I would like to visit some of these for a relaxed and laid back holiday with the local trees, flowers and a nap by the pristine blue water. I also want to visit the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park to meet the local animals such as kangaroos, koalas and wallabies. If possible, I would like to include a trip to the picturesque Yarra Valley and the Dandenong ranges.

Gardens and Parks


Local Landscape

4. “The Compulsive Shopper” – I love shopping for all kinds of things – from clothes, shoes, cosmetics, accessories to books, crafty stuff, knick-knacks, fresh produce, etc etc. So in Melbourne I want to shop till I drop for a little of everything.

5. “Outdoor Sports Enthusiast” – Melbourne provides numerous options in terms of adventure sports like Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Caving, Sky Diving, Hand Gliding, Ballooning and Scenic Flights and water sports like surfing, scuba diving, water skiing, kayaking, canoeing, boating and sailing. But amongst all these options I really want to try – Caving, Sky Diving, Ballooning, Scuba diving, canoeing and kayaking.

6. “A Sports Fan” – I have heard that Australians love their sport and hence when in Melbourne, a visit to a game at the Melbourne Cricket ground is a must. So my plan is to visit one local game, grab any colored scarf and then just start cheering for that team. I also want to scream, cheer, chat with other fans all around and generally enjoy the junk food. I have heard it’s also a place to meet some interesting local people.

7. “The Historian” – And last but not the least, I want to dwell into the city’s rich history and historical buildings spread all across via the city’s amazing tram network. I plan to see the Bulla Hill Railway, Como House and Garden, Flemington Heritage Centre, Flinder’s Street Station, Monsalvat, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Werribbe Mansion, to just name a few.

While I know that my list seems very ambitious, but visiting Melbourne is a once in a lifetime dream come true and I want to truly live every second of this dream 🙂

19 Responses to “Living many lives in Melbourne”

  1. pommepal September 13, 2012 at 14:12 #

    You will just adore Melbourne yes it has so much to experience. By the way for budget transports couch surfing is a great way to meet locals and save on accommodation


    • getsetandgo September 14, 2012 at 10:35 #

      Unfortunately the air tickets from India to any city in Australia are super super expensive and thats where the entire budget is exhausted 😦


      • pommepal September 14, 2012 at 10:58 #

        Yes it is the reverse from Australia to any where else in the world, we are so isolated, but that is also our charm…


  2. cupKaykes September 13, 2012 at 17:07 #

    This is coming from a Sydneysider, but Melbourne is amazing. If my entire family didn’t live in Sydney I could easily pack up and move to Melbourne. I still might in the future!


    • getsetandgo September 14, 2012 at 10:39 #

      Hey, now I am even more hoping to win to visit this city…


  3. Jo Fredric September 14, 2012 at 03:45 #

    Wow! You have done your research! You will have an amazing time in Melbourne!!!


  4. msdulce September 15, 2012 at 04:29 #

    Looks like you’ve sold me on Melbourne! Is it wrong that the allure of “the best coffee in Australia” is what’s drawing me in? 😉 Yum!


    • getsetandgo September 17, 2012 at 16:00 #

      Hahaha… You also seem to be a coffee addict like me… I also find about coffee in each place before I decide to visit it.. My good cup of coffee is a must 🙂


  5. Fae's Twist & Tango September 15, 2012 at 09:18 #

    Hi Snigdha, In a month, I am going on a 33-day Australian cruise (including New Zealand). Each stop is short, but nonetheless, I am looking forward to each port of call. I am going to be in Melbourne on 11/8 (for 10 hours) and have an comprehensive city tour excursion including Eureka Deck. Thanks for this post… I will be thinking of you. Fae. 🙂


    • getsetandgo September 17, 2012 at 16:01 #

      Hi Fae… Have an awesome trip and for now I look forward to reading all your posts and checking out all the beautiful pics… 🙂


  6. Shantaya September 16, 2012 at 00:13 #

    I’ve had so much fun reading through your blog that I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Check my Girl and Her Pink Backpack for the rules and pass it on!


    • getsetandgo September 17, 2012 at 16:04 #

      Hi Shantaya, thanks for the nomination to this award. It is an honor and I appreciate it. I’ll write the post for it soon


  7. Stef September 26, 2012 at 07:33 #

    Wow, you’ve done your research! Great idea on the many lives. And you make me feel very lucky to be living here. Feel free to drop me a line when you come. I can help you with some more tips too, including yummy vegan eats. Good luck!


    • getsetandgo October 11, 2012 at 14:37 #

      Thanks Stef… I will write to you for sure whenever I plan to visit Melbourne… Could do with a lot of insider tips 🙂


  8. Bron October 31, 2012 at 15:00 #

    What a lovely summary of my home city! But you’re unfortunately right about Australia being an expensive place to visit. Eating out is a big expense in particular so I’d recommend self catering for some meals to bring costs down.

    You’ve done some excellent research! Of the things you’ve mentioned (since it is A LOT to cover in one week!) I would recommend the following the most:

    – National Gallery of Victoria (the permanent exhibitions are free).

    – ACMI is great – and it’s based at Federation Square which combined with Flinder’s Street Station across the road are probably Melbourne’s most iconic sights.

    – Degraves Street (in the city), Brunswick Street (in Fitzroy) and Ackland Street (in St Kilda) for coffee and cafes. (Lygon Street can be a bit touristy. Richmond/Victoria Street are great but more about asian food, particularly Vietnamese.)

    – Queen Victoria Market is a must!

    As far as expenses go for these, all you’d have to worry about is transport and maybe buying coffee and a cake. The rest you can enjoy for free!

    If you can splurge on a day trip I’d recommend Phillip Island to see the little penguins or the Great Ocean Road.

    Watching an AFL game at the MGC is a truly Melbourne experience and fun to do even if you don’t normally enjoy sports (like me!). 🙂

    I hope you get to visit Melbourne one day!


    • getsetandgo November 10, 2012 at 10:29 #

      Thanks Bron for your help with the best of Melbourne… Your comment has been so informative that now I cant wait to visit Melbourne. 🙂


  9. getsetandgo February 23, 2013 at 22:10 #

    Thanks for reblogging this post 🙂



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